A Kentucky police officer responded to a call about a frantic woman on a highway. Now that woman says the officer is a part of her family.
Barbie Henderson called it one of the weakest moments in her life. She had just received a phone call while driving southbound on Interstate 65 informing her that her sister had passed away, WAVE reported.
"I couldn’t concentrate or anything. I was so upset, screaming and hollering," Henderson told WAVE (video below).
She called 911 and Hillview Police Officer John Nissen showed up within minutes.
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"The officer came in my car and sat and talked to me," Henderson explained. "He wiped the tears from my face. He gave me some water. He made sure my air conditioning was up high."
Nissen consoled Henderson and contacted her family. When Henderson’s sister, Sondra Barlow, arrived at the scene, she said she was shocked at what she saw.
"He was sitting there in the car right next to her. He was holding her hand, wiping her tears and talking to her," Barlow told the news station.
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The officer described to Barlow how Henderson was feeling and what she was going through. At that point, Barlow said Nissen was more than just a police officer to her.
"He was family," she said. "I mean, he was the one who sat there with her when she was crying about losing our sister.
"I wanted her to feel treated the way I would want my family treated."
Both sisters hugged Nissen and thanked him for his compassion.
"Barbie gave me a hug and I thought I was going to pass out because she hugged me so tight," Nissen said.
Barlow took a picture of Nissen putting on Henderson’s seatbelt. She posted the heartwarming photo on the police department’s Facebook page and it quickly went viral.
Officer Nissen was more than an officer yesterday. He was a person with a heart to understand this was a lady who just lost her sister and heard the news over the phone. From there on he took care of my sister. As she cried, he listen to her and wiped away her tears. He made sure she drank water as it was extremely hot outside, and he spoke to the family on the phone each time we called until my arrival. When I arrived he wasn't standing on the side of the car. He was seated right next to her just as we would've been while she was grieving. What an awesome guy!!!!
During a time we hear so many negative things about the Police, I want the world to know my Police Officers care!!! They are thoughtful, compassionate, go beyond the standard and I appreciate them. The Barlow Family appreciates them!!
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